There is something about summer that makes you want to kick back by the beach, right? But what if you changed your mindset and decided to set about changing your fortunes? While everyone else is relaxing, you can be stepping up your side hustle game and making sure that when autumn rolls around, you are a little richer than before.
While you may not have put on your babysitting hat since your teenage years, it is one of the easiest ways to make some extra cash. (Even better if your friends are in their baby-making years!) Either put the word out among your friends and family or check out Craigslist for casual jobs.
Dog walking is a great win-win. Not only can you make extra money, but you also get to exercise while doing so. If you have a pet-friendly apartment, you might also want to try your hand at dog sitting. There’s nothing quite like the company of a furry friend to help lift your spirits for a few days.
Maybe you consider yourself a handy person. Maybe you’re great at running errands. Or maybe you just have some spare time on your hands. If so, you should consider signing up to be a “tasker” with TaskRabbit. You can take on tasks at your leisure, at the prices you’ve set. It’s one of the easiest ways to make a little side cash.
Drive an Uber/Lyft.
If you have a new-ish car and a license, you’re about halfway down the path you need to take to become a driver for Uber or Lyft. Once you’re signed up and approved, you can drive at any hour of the day that suits you. You can rake in a few extra bucks and still be home in time to catch up with friends.
If you already write or take photographs for a living, you may be able to make more money by taking on freelance jobs on the side. You’ll have to check with your current employer, as they may have rules against freelance employment in the same industry, but it never hurts to check it out.
Sell your talents.
Do you have a knack for hand-lettering? How about painting, sewing, crafting – or any other artsy skill? It’s time to look at sites such as Etsy. Here, you can sell handmade goods to people all around the world. If you’re already creating these products as a hobby, all you do is add a price tag.
If you work in an area that requires a particular skill-set, you may be perfectly equipped to teach those skills. There may be local learning annexes that would be willing to take you on, just to start. Or you could consider creating a digital course that you sell online.
If you have access to a car or truck, yard sales are a great way to make some extra money. First, you start by browsing the free section on your local Craigslist sub-page. You find high-quality furniture, artwork and décor items and you go and pick them up. At the end of the summer, you hold a yard sale and sell it all.